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Thien, Madeleine. DO NOT SAY WE HAVE NOTHING. London, England: Granta Books, 2016. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 473 pages. As New.

The author's breakthrough second novel. One of the most sensational literary events of our time. The first appearance of the title in the United Kingdom. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run by Granta as a softcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Madeleine Thien's "Do Not Say We Have Nothing". Her highly acclaimed novel about the redemptive power of survival and sacrifice. "Ai-Ming tells the story of her family in Revolutionary China, from the crowded teahouses in the first days of Chairman Mao's ascent and the events leading up to the Beijing demonstrations of 1989. It is a history of revolutionary idealism, music, and silence, in which three musicians, the shy and brilliant composer Sparrow, the violin prodigy Zhuli, and the enigmatic pianist Kai, struggle during China's relentless Cultural Revolution to remain loyal to one another; and to the music they have devoted their lives to" (Publisher's blurb). "With maturity and sophistication, humor and beauty, Thien has crafted a novel that is at once intimate and grandly political, rooted in the details of life inside China yet transcendent in its universality" (The Guardian). An absolute "must-have" title for Madeleine Thien collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed, dated (shortly after publication), and inscribed ("lined") in black pen on the title page by the author: " 'Behind this sea, another sea', Madeleine Thien July 7, 2016". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The inscription is one of the most crucial lines of the novel. This title will become a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, dated, and inscribed copy of the First British Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: The British Edition is a softcover original only. Most copies available online, not signed, have serious flaws because it is a fragile softcover that has been read over and over again. Signed copies available online command hundreds of dollars. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. Finalist of the Booker Prize and Winner of the Giller Prize, Canada's most prestigious literary prize, in 2016 for "Do Not Say We Have Nothing". One of the most brilliant writers of our time. A fine copy. . ISBN 1783782668. $70.00

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